Medical ScribeSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

A medical scribe is responsible for the documentation and gathering of information from a patient. This might be in a doctor’s office, hospital, or other medical facilities. They prepare medical charts, update patient history, and send that information to a physician for review. They must be detail-oriented and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Medical scribes may be responsible for recording a doctor’s conversation with a patient and/or assisting the doctor with paperwork after the exam. 

Medical scribes must have excellent computer skills to transcribe, record, and maintain patient information. They need to respect the confidentiality of each patient and patient record. Solid organizational skills and the ability to deal effectively with high-pressure situations are important. Medical scribes should have a good bedside manner and strong interpersonal skills. They must be good listeners and possess excellent observation skills. They may have to handle entering orders or referrals for patients on behalf of the physician as well.

Sample job description #1

The Medical Scribe performs a variety of clerical but not limited to assist a medical provider with fundamental patient care. Compliance with care management requirements and HEDIS measures in an outpatient examining room setting under the direction of a registered nurse and/or physician.

Responsibilities

  • Escort physician in order to document the events in the history and physical exam, and document accurately to the physician examination
  • List all symptoms and diagnosis including laboratory test, medication orders, treatment etc.
  • Document all procedures performs by physician.
  • Verifies patient information by interviewing patient; recording medical history; confirming purpose of visit
  • Performing post treatment physical tests: taking blood pressure, body temperature; recording patient history summary.
  • Secures patient information and maintains patient confidence by completing and safeguarding medical records.
  • Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by establishing and following standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations.
  • Serves and protects the practice by adhering to professional standards, policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements.

Qualifications

  • Medical Assistant Certification
  • Medical terminology
  • Recognition of physical exam process and ability to record exam details.
  • Computer proficiency and ability to quickly learn new applications.
  • Organizational skills with focus on tracking patient care and improving patient flow
  • A High School Diploma or equivalent is required and at least two (2) years of experience as a, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist or in additional areas of patient health care in a clinical setting.

Sample job description #2

You’ll be on the “front line” of the medical field, seeing the world through the eyes of a provider and interacting with people from all walks of life. As an integral member of the care team, you’ll act as a physician’s personal efficiency partner. Most importantly, you’ll make a difference in people’s lives and be a part of the future of healthcare.

Whether it’s helping you gain entrance into medical/nursing school, giving you priceless advice and insight, or just leading by example as a consummate professional, your partnering physician will profoundly affect your future as a healthcare professional. Your scribe experience—the people you meet, the relationships you develop, and the encounters you witness— will change your life!

Why ABC Company is the best:

  • Work one-on-one with physicians and other healthcare providers
  • Gain exposure to over 80+ different specialties
  • Observe a wide variety of cases. from trauma to pediatrics
  • Build your professional network and find mentorship in your partnering physicians
  • Paid training to all hired employees that provides a crash course in medicine including terminology, disease processes, procedures, medications, medical decision-making, and more
  • Great alternative career for those with CNA, MA, EMT, or Paramedic backgrounds
  • Flexible scheduling options, with in-person and remote opportunities
  • Unique travel options and a great team culture

As a scribe you will:

  • Accompany the healthcare provider into patient examination rooms in order to transcribe the patient’s history, physical exam findings, consultations, labs, X-rays, and other evaluations, as stated by the provider, directly into the medical record
  • Prepare plans for follow-up care, as directed by the provider
  • Process admitted and discharge paperwork
  • Provide advanced support to providers, including documenting phone calls, alerting the physician with labs/radiology reports are complete, grabbing faxes, etc.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Outpatient and Hospitalist schedules will require weekday availability. (ie: M-F 8-5)
  • The minimum availability required for our medical scribe position is 2 shifts per week; shifts range from 8 to 12 hours long*
  • It is the Company’s hope that this will be a long-term position.* This is not intended to be a seasonal position
  • Candidates must be available to work in the local area for at least a year. No summer-only positions.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a passion for medicine and a desire to grow
  • Must be adaptable and be willing to take constructive criticism
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Ability to work in a stressful and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to operate a computer and/or laptop through proficient typing, clicking, and viewing a monitor for extended periods
  • Ability to type at least 60 words per minute preferred
  • Ability to move about and follow a healthcare provider for extended periods of time
  • Ability to read, write, comprehend through listening, and speak fluent English
  • Must have a computer or access to a computer for virtual/online training
  • Background in pre-health sciences, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, kinesiology, or other similar field preferred. No previous clinical experience required.

Sample job description #3

About the role

We are seeking Medical Scribe with a strong interest in medicine. The Medical Scribe works 1:1 with a variety of medical professionals and document the patient visit in an EHR. As part of our team, you will have the ability to gain experience in different medical specialties while collaborating with a team of young, talented professionals working to revolutionize healthcare.

The Medical Scribe will create medical notes for providers remotely into the EHR from their own home location in the US. The Medical Scribe is responsible for documenting the history of present illness, past medical and family history, review of systems, physical exam, diagnostic studies, and plan for the providers. ABC Company’s Medical Scribe is also responsible for preparing charts and cards for the provider at the beginning of each day. The Medical Scribe will be required to learn the preferences for a variety of different providers and must pass assessments and quality checks on a regular basis in order to remain assigned to a provider.

Responsibilities

  • Assist physicians in documenting the patient’s medical record (EMR).
  • Navigate the EMR during assistance of patient care.
  • Assist physicians in a variety of specialties including primary care, orthopedics, rheumatology, etc.

Requirements

  • Prior clinical experience required such as volunteering, shadowing, clinical research, scribing, paramedic training, or being a medical assistant.
  • Excellent spelling and typing skills.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology highly preferred.
  • Self-sufficient and quick to learn.
  • Professional and reliable work ethic.
  • Successful completion of ABC Company’s RDS Training Program within the first 30 days of employment.
  • Must have access to a completely private work space with reliable internet.
  • Must have consistent availability and ability to work shifts between 5am to 5pm PST.
  • Familiarity with navigating the electronic medical record (EMR) highly preferred.

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a medical scribe is $35,500 per year in the United States. Salary may vary depending on where you are located, the size of the company you’re working for, and how experienced you are. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$35,300$47,750
Los Angeles, California$39,800$53,850
Denver, Colorado$39,050$44,900
Washington, DC$40,400$54,700
Miami, Florida$33,050$44,700
Orlando, Florida$30,500$41,250
Tampa, Florida$30,750$41,650
Atlanta, Georgia$32,300$43,700
Chicago, Illinois$37,100$50,200
Boston, Massachusetts$40,150$54,300
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$32,000$43,240
New York City, New York$42,250$57,150
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$34,400$46,550
Dallas, Texas$33,500$45,300
Houston, Texas$33,350$45,100
Seattle, Washington$38,600$52,250
National Average$30,300$40,800

Sample interview questions

  • Do you have extensive knowledge of medical terminology? Elaborate.
  • How would you respond if the patient had a medical emergency in the middle of the patient-physician interaction?
  • How would you respond if your physician found a mistake in the medical record you transcribed? 
  • Walk me through your procedure for admitting a new patient and prepping them for their appointment with the physician.
  • Tell me about your transcription skillset, mainly typing. 
  • What is your endgame in the medical field? Is there a certain career you are working towards?
  • Are you willing to pursue additional certifications pertaining to medical records?
  • What are your strategies for staying calm and on task in a chaotic work environment?
  • What qualities do you possess that would make you successful as a medical scribe?
  • What interested you in becoming a medical scribe?
  • How do you feel about working with others?
  • How did you hear about medical scribing?
  • Do you have any medical experience? Elaborate.
  • What would you say are three of your strengths?
  • Have you taken any medical scribe-related courses?
  • Have you ever had to work as a team with others? 
  • Have you ever had to lead a group? Tell me about that experience.

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